What’s Ellen DeGeneres been up to lately? Nothing — just like all the famous friends she’s calling

What does Ellen DeGeneres do when she's bored while social distancing? She calls her famous friends.
What does Ellen DeGeneres do when she’s bored while social distancing? She calls her famous friends.
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Ellen DeGeneres wishes she had kids right about now.

While struggling to keep herself entertained during coronavirus social-distancing measures, the comedian, whose show has suspended production through March 30, dialed up some of her famous pals to check in. John Legend and Chrissy Teigen were among them.

“John? It’s Ellen,” the talk show host said in an Instagram video posted Wednesday. “What’s going on?”

“So you have kids? I wish I had kids right now,” she says while lounging on a couch with her legs up. “I’m so bored.”

“Yeah, we’re bored too,” Legend admits.


She also called her buddy and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, who celebrated his 41st birthday Wednesday.

“I’m just sitting her enjoying my wonderful family ... and uh, not much other than that,” Levine said. “What are you doing?”

“Not much, just wanted to call and say, ‘Hey,’ so happy birthday,” DeGeneres responded unenthusiastically.

“So you’re also doing nothing?” Levine asked.

“Yeah, nothing,” she answered.

DeGeneres also caught up with Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, who were also practicing social distancing and dealing with some serious boredom.

They all echoed they were up to absolutely “nothing.”

“Call me in an hour,” Timberlake said before hanging up.

Hang in there, Ellen. We’re all in this together.

Taylor Swift, Barack Obama, Lizzo, Ariana Grande and Anthony Hopkins are practicing social distancing and trying to stay calm amid coronavirus panic.

March 19, 2020